As good as Hakeem Olajuwon was for the Rockets, Moses Malone was better. Malone’s career really started to take off with the Rockets early on in his career. Malone dominated the paint and he was an incredible offensive player for the Rockets. In 1978-79, Malone played in 82 games in which he averaged 41.3 minutes, 24.8 points, 17.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.5 blocked shots per game. He was also awesome in 1981-82, when he played in 81 games for the Rockets in which he averaged 42.0 minutes, 31.1 points, 14.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.5 blocked shots per game. Malone played in 464 games in his six years with the Rockets and he averaged 38.3 minutes, 24.0 points, 15.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.6 blocked shots per game. Malone is still #2 in offensive rebounds (3,009) in Rockets’ history. He is also #2 in defensive rebounds (3,950), #3 in total rebounds (6,959), #3 in blocked shots (758) and #5 in points scored (11,119) in Rockets’ history. Malone was elected into Basketball’s Hall of Fame in 2011.
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